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DICT(7)								       DICT(7)

       dict - dictionary browser

       dict [ -k ] [ -d dictname ] [ -c command ] [ pattern ]

       Dict  is	 a  dictionary	browser.  If a pattern is given on the command
       line, dict prints all matching entries; otherwise it repeatedly accepts
       and executes commands.  The options are

       -d dictname
	      Use  the	given dictionary.  The default is oed, the second edi‐
	      tion of the Oxford English Dictionary.  A list of available dic‐
	      tionaries is printed by option -d?.

       -c command
	      Execute  one  command and quit.  The command syntax is described

       -k     Print a pronunciation key.

       Patterns are regular expressions	 (see  regexp(6)),  with  an  implicit
       leading and trailing Patterns are matched against an index of headwords
       and variants, to form a `match set'.  By default, both patterns and the
       index  are  folded:  upper  case characters are mapped into their lower
       case equivalents, and accented characters are mapped  into  their  base
       equivalents.   In  interactive  mode,  there is always a `current match
       set' and a `current entry' within the match set.	 Commands  can	change
       either or both, as well as print the entries or information about them.

       Commands	 have an address followed by a command letter.	Addresses have
       the form:

       /re/   Set the match set to all entries matching the regular expression
	      re,  sorted  in  dictionary order.  Set the current entry to the
	      first of the match set.

       !re!   Like /re/ but use exact matching, i.e., without case and	accent

       n      An  integer  n  means change the current entry to the nth of the
	      current match set.

       #n     The integer n is an absolute byte offset into  the  raw  dictio‐
	      nary.  (See the A command, below.)

       addr+  After setting the match set and current entry according to addr,
	      change the match set and current entry to be the next  entry  in
	      the dictionary (not necessarily in the match set) after the cur‐
	      rent entry.

       addr-  Like addr+ but go to previous dictionary entry.

       The command letters come in pairs: a lower case and  the	 corresponding
       upper  case  letter.  The lower case version prints something about the
       current entry only, and advances the current entry to the next  in  the
       match set (wrapping around to the beginning after the last).  The upper
       case version prints something about all of the match set and resets the
       current entry to the beginning of the set.

       p,P    Print the whole entry.

       h,H    Print only the headword(s) of the entry.

       a,A    Print the dictionary byte offset of the entry.

       r,R    Print the whole entry in raw format (without translating special
	      characters, etc.).

       If no command letter is given for the  first  command,  H  is  assumed.
       After  an  H, the default command is p.	Otherwise, the default command
       is the previous command.

       Other files in /lib.



       A font with wide coverage of the Unicode Standard should	 be  used  for
       best results.  (Try /lib/font/bit/pelm/unicode.9.font.)
       If  the	pattern	 doesn't begin with a few literal characters, matching
       takes a long time.
       The dictionaries are not distributed outside Bell Labs.

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